CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD

Vale of Leven History
Hugh Caldwell wrote this to celebrate Renton FC winning the World Championship. These lines were quite prophetic.
“Hurrah! Great gifted Renton, thy glorious spreading name
Shall live throughout all ages on the scroll of football fame;”

THE RENTON FOOTBALL CLUB’S VICTORY

Hugh Caldwell

TO-NIGHT the conqueror’s banner in Renton town’s unfurled
To welcome home their heroes, the champions of the world;
The band in triumph playing—the busy stir’s began—
And the fire of victory’s blazing on the braes of old Carman.
Hurrah! Great gifted Renton, thy glorious spreading name
Shall live throughout all ages on the scroll of football fame;
May the rising generation of your far-famed little town
Add to the hard-won laurels that to them you’re handing down.
For we, as honest Scotchmen, should honour and admire
The hardy lads we’ve reared and trained in old Dumbartonshire;
And when you meet the Preston team, be careful how you play,
And beat them, as you played and beat your Southern foes to-day.

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